„Long Before” is an expression of longing for nature and its connection with our ancestors. Nature in Diana Lelonek’s works is extraordinary – tempting and disturbing at the same time. It evokes a stream of contrasting emotions: longing, fascination and anxiety.
The very first thing that I saw in Skopje was the construction of a 25-meter tall figure of a warrior on horseback which, from what I later found out, was the statue of Alexander the Great.
The motivation to begin the project entitled “Sparks” was a desire to create a multifaceted portrait of a contemporary war. In particular a portrait of the conflict in Ukraine, which seems to be forgotten even though it is happening in Europe.
My father says I am a person from the “lost generation”. He says that we are too lonely, too withdrawn, and constantly change masks creating an illusion of life.
“Dacha” is one of those russian words, such as “sputnik” and “perestroyka”, which became untranslated internationally used. What is actually a dacha? Commonly it would mean a quite small summer house with a modest garden somewhere out of the city. The dacha season lasts basically from May to September, because regularly houses are not heated and it’s also a time, when one can plant vegetables, flowers and herbs in the garden and children have three months of summer holidays at school.
I am sitting by the window, looking at another faceless, bleak panel house. Every day and every night this ridiculous block of flats, a shelter for thousands of anonymous lives, stares at me with its empty eyes, not letting me forget about where I will return.
Alban Kakulya shows in his work “Environment and Security in Crimea” the homeland of the Crimean Tatars. In 1944 the tatars were deported to the exile under the rule of Stalin. He accused them of the collaboration with the nazis. 200.000 Tatars lost their home in one night. Many of them died and the population of the Crimean Tatars decreased dramatically. Not till the collapse of the Soviet Union in the 1990’s they were allowed to come back to their actual homeland. A lot of Tatars, also from the second Generation, decided to move back to the crim. But their formal home was now occupied by Russian and Ukrainian habitants.
Two thirds of the Crimean population are dependent on the tourism industry. For many years, the Black Sea has been attracting the attention of visitors from across the region. After the annexation of the peninsula, however, tourism plunged into a deep crisis.